In Pursuit Of The Past: Collecting Old Art In Modern India Circa 1900 - 1950 by Pratapaditya PalIn Pursuit Of The Past: Collecting Old Art In Modern India Circa 1900 - 1950 by Pratapaditya Pal

In Pursuit Of The Past: Collecting Old Art In Modern India Circa 1900 - 1950

byPratapaditya Pal

Hardcover | November 30, 2015

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The history of collecting on the subcontinent began with the contribution of the Buddhist and Jain communities, followed by the example of the Hindu temples, with metal images and jewellery, and building libraries. The Muslim rulers also injected a new energy in book collecting which reached an extraordinary intensity under the Great Mughals, for whose obsessions there is plenty of evidence. A different type of collector developed with the arrival of the Europeans. During the colonial period (18th-19th centuries) there was both plunder and loot but also genuine antiquarian curiosity. The foundation of the government Archaeological Department in the mid-19th century and museums as well as the rise of nationalism encouraged educated Indians to collect in the modern sense.
Pratapaditya Pal was the General Editor of Marg from 1993 until his retirement in 2012. A prolific author, eminent art historian, curator and lecturer, specializing in the visual arts and architecture of the Indian subcontinent, Himalaya and Southeast Asia, he has written and edited over 80 books and catalogs as well as published over ...
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Title:In Pursuit Of The Past: Collecting Old Art In Modern India Circa 1900 - 1950Format:HardcoverDimensions:150 pages, 12 × 9.8 × 0.73 inPublished:November 30, 2015Publisher:Marg FoundationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9383243090

ISBN - 13:9789383243099

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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Prologue; Part 1: Eastern Circle: Chapter 1: Artists as Collectors: The Tagore Brothers of Calcutta; Chapter 2: Scholars as Collectors: Woodroffe, Coomaraswamy and Kramrisch; Chapter 3: Bhadralok Collectors of Calcutta; Chapter 4: Modern Collectors in an Ancient Capital: Patna; Chapter 5: The Holy City of Banaras; Part 2: Western Circle: Chapter 6: Collecting in the Land of the Five Rivers; Chapter 7: The Tata Family: Collecting in the Grand Manner; Chapter 8: Diverse Collectors of Bombay; Chapter 9: Bombay Presidency and Beyond; Epilogue.

Editorial Reviews

Written with style and verve by Pratapaditya Pal, a 'collector, curator and curmudgeon', In Pursuit of the Past is scholarly and enjoyable with its stories about collectors.